Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Pistons, Lakers

Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers have some new help in center Larry Sanders.

The biggest news you probably already know — as the Cavaliers have a new big man on the roster.

But what else is going on the world of pro hoops? Let’s take a look at the all the latest:

Per Amico Hoops: “The Cavaliers have reached a contract agreement with free agent center Larry Sanders, general manager David Griffin announced in a team release Monday.”

Per Amico Hoops: “Sanders will wear No. 9 for the Cavs.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Sanders might not be active for Tuesday night’s home game against the Detroit Pistons.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Sanders does have some baggage. He was twice suspended for marijuana use in 2013-14. A Cavs official confirmed to Jason Lloyd, now with The Athletic, for two weeks ago that Sanders was arrested last year on a felony charge in Los Angeles.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “According to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department records, Sanders was arrested on June 12 and booked into the Van Nuys jail, with his bail set at $50,000. Lloyd reported the Cavs didn’t believe Sanders would be disciplined by the league if he were signed.”

Per “Cleveland has held three of the last four opponents under .430 shooting from the field, which includes Sunday’s game at Houston (.427). The Wine and Gold are 13-2 when holding teams to under .430 shooting this season.”

Per the Detroit News: “Tobias Harris, who had a left knee bruise before Thursday’s game against the Cavaliers, was limited in Monday’s practice as a precaution. Stan Van Gundy said Harris is expected to play in the Pistons rematch Tuesday in Cleveland.”

Per the Detroit News: “The Pistons were struggling in February but they’ve put together a good run, winning 12 of their last 18 games, mostly as Van Gundy has shuffled the lineup. That’s included his version of a platoon between point guards Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith.”

Per Amico Hoops: “The Detroit Pistons have at least a passing interest in former Cavaliers shooting guard Jordan McRae, according to multiple league sources.” (Full report.)

Per “While Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers were busy taking on the Houston Rockets on ESPN, the Cavs star made his debut further down the dial on E! and the season premiere of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians.'”

Per “Thompson’s romance with Khloe Kardashian was a main plot point on the episode, which was filmed last fall, with her family wondering about the new man in her life.”

Per Amico Hoops: “James Harden is accounting for 56.2 points of Houston’s offense per game (meaning he either scores or is credited for an assist to contribute to 56.2 points on average).” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “That’s the second-highest average in league history as of March 12, 2017, just behind Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald (56.8).” (Full report.)

Per the Los Angeles Times: “Rob Pelinka addressed the Lakers before their game Sunday.”

Per the Los Angeles Times: “Pelinka also told the players he and Magic Johnson planned to have individual meetings with each player as he develops a better understanding of the franchise.”

Per the Los Angeles Times: “Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, has said he and Pelinka will be investing time in getting to know the Lakers players to have a better idea of what the team’s needs are heading into the draft and free agency this summer.”

Per ESPN: “Veteran swingman Omri Casspi has been cleared to resume basketball activities after his recent thumb injury, league sources say.”

Per ESPN: “Sources say Casspi is now evaluating his options and has drawn interest from multiple playoff teams, including the Grizzlies and Clippers.”

Per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “The only reason Dwyane Wade left Miami was money, and what he perceived to be a lack of respect with the Heat’s contract offer in July. It had nothing to do with the Bulls’ playoff prospects or leading Chicago’s younger players.

Per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “And while his efforts in the Chicago community absolutely are admirable and ongoing, that also was secondary to Pat Riley’s lack of participation in the process when it came to both entering the negotiations and acquiescing to an offer that Wade deemed commensurate with his contributions to the franchise.”

Per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “When a player ages, and his family grows, sometimes it’s about the matters beyond basketball. If Chicago is truly the destination of Dwyane’s desires, then I believe he still will play out the final, 2017-18 season on his Chicago contract, that money highly unlikely to be offered from a contender — including the Heat.”

Per the Sacramento Bee: “Prior the All-Star break, the Kings were just 1 1/2 games behind the Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the West. They now sit six games behind the Nuggets after losing their eighth consecutive game and are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the worst record in the conference since trading DeMarcus Cousins.”

Per the Sacramento Bee: “But Kings coach Dave Joerger isn’t throwing away the final 16 games of the season. He’s still going to play his veterans and young players will earn their minutes and not just be given playing time.”

Per Hoops Rumors: “Center Kaleb Tarczewski is leaving the Thunder’s D-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue, to play for Italy’s Olimpia Milano.”

Per Sports Business Daily: “Independent Sports & Entertainment sued former President of Basketball Dan Fegan on Friday, alleging he unfairly competed against the agency by, among other things, operating a side business which he used to keep prospective business away from his employer.”‘

Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons has been diagnosed with a ‘partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee,’ and will be out indefinitely, per the team.

The Nuggets have recalled Malik Beasley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, per the team.

The Raptors have recalled Bruno Caboclo from Raptors 905, per the team.

The Clippers have recalled rookie forward Brice Johnson from the Salt Lake City Stars, per the team.

Per Sportando: “Sergio Rodriguez signed a one-year contract with the 76ers last season for $8 million. The point guard doesn’t intend to return to Europe next summer but he wants to remain in the NBA for several more years.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “The 76ers parted ways with Justin Harper following Sunday night’s 118-116 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “The power forward was in the final day of the 10-day contract he signed with the Sixers (24-42)  on March 3.”

Cavs sign big man Sanders, release Bogut